So after we recently learned how to wire your own light cords (here's that post), my brain wouldn't stop thinking of ways to make our own lamps and ways to display these in our home. If I'm being honest, the ideas are still flowing, but at some point you have to move on with your life, right? Maybe? Well, in the meantime, Josh and I came up with this very simple pyramid light stand that you could definitely make at home. I'll let Josh explain how he built it as only he can. 🙂
-doweling ( I used six 48" long, 1/2" pieces)
-light assembly (learn how to make your own here)
-crafting wire or twine
-leather strips (optional)
Step Two: Assemble the base. Fortunately I have a nailer, so it was super easy. If you don't have a nailer, I think if you just used wood glue or hot glue it would be sturdy enough. The light assembly weighs less than a pound, so you should be fine. I applied wood filler in the nail holes when I was done.
Step Three: Before you attach the vertical pieces, sand any filler you might have applied. Drill a hole about 2" from the top on each rod. Thread the crafting wire or twine through the holes. Don't tie together too tight; you still need to position the other ends on each corner of the base. By putting the twine or wire on first, it makes it easier for the legs to stay upright while you attach to the base. Again, I nailed the legs on, but I think hot glue would work great, maybe even better. You're going to be painting over it anyway.
Step Four: We wanted the pyramid to have the "dipped in gold" look. Since our giant vat of liquid gold was being used for something else, I spray painted the legs, which required I tape the legs off. After taping the legs, I wrapped them with paper towels so the paint mist wouldn't ruin everything. You can go for the dipped look, paint it all one color, or try to go for something completely different.
Step Five: Stick the cord through the center of the legs and tighten the twine or wire. You can then wrap the light cord around the top, or like Sarah did, wrap a bit of leather to hide the wire. If you have little guys running around your house, you can wrap excess cord around one of the legs so there's less for them to get their little paws on. Speaking of little guys, as with anything electrical in the house, the responsibility rests upon the big guys (grownups) to keep an eye on them. If you don't think this is a safe solution for your household, you shouldn't make it! Safety first.
I love how our pyramid lamp turned out, and Josh has already made a second variation with green paint for our home. Wouldn't these be fun even hung upside down from a very high ceiling? Oh, great… more ideas! I'm going to need a lighting intervention soon. xo. Josh + Sarah
Credits // Authors: Joshua Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Piper from The Signature Collection.